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Naval Academy Takes Overall Award

June 26, 1989

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The results are in from the first human-powered submarine races: the U.S. Naval Academy won for overall performance, and California Polytechnic State University took top speed honors, organizers said Sunday.

The subs were ″wet″ designs that fill up with water and require racers to wear scuba gear. Racers said the biggest challenge was maintaining a steady pace and not breathing too quickly, which could lead to light-headednes s or blackout due to oxygen deficiency.

The awards were presented after a second day of stormy weather forced cancellation of a nine-sub race around a 1-kilometer loop course.

″They went out there and had trouble maneuvering the subs,″ said race spokeswoman Deb Cronin. ″The judges decided to scrub today’s racing and give out the awards based on previous races.″

The overall performance award, given to the sub from the Naval Academy in Annapolis Md., for high marks in speed, innovation and design, carried a $5,000 prize.

The ″Subversion″ entry from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo earned the top speed award, beating the Naval Academy sub by eight seconds in a 100-yard time trial.

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